Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg Won, 6-4 vs. New Britain,
12:00 p.m.
Hill (2-2, 1.33) vs.
Baxendale (2-3, 5.29)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Schwartz (6-3, 2.92) vs.
Hinson (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (4-2, 2.31) vs.
Edwards (7-2, 1.95)
Auburn OFF DAY @ Tri-City,
7:00 p.m/
Johansen (0-0, 0.71) vs.
Houser (0-0, 1.42)
GCL Nationals Postponed vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 3-0; Won, 12-5 @ DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
Yrizarri (2-1, 1.99) vs.
Lara (2-3, 6.15)



Syracuse — ALL-STAR BREAK
The 2013 AAA All-Star Game takes place tonight in Reno, Nevada. Zach Walters is a reserve infielder for the International League.

Harrisburg 6 New Britain 4
• Ray 3+ IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Grace (W, 3-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Head 4-5, RBI
• Van Ostrand 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Bloxom 2-2, 3BB

Robbie Ray couldn’t make it out of the 4th, leaving with a 3-2 deficit after throwing 74 pitches in three-plus innings. His teammates took him off the hook with a three-run rally, taking a 5-3 lead and cruising to a 6-4 win. Ray walked three and gave up six hits, including a solo HR in the 4th while striking out two [insert GBI curse remark here]. Matt Grace got the win, stranding the runner he inherited from Ray with a double play in the 4th and working around a walk and a single in the 5th. The Senators pounded out 17 hits as five batters notched multiple hits, led by Jerad Head at 4-for-5. Roster move: RHP Ryan Mattheus transferred from Hagerstown to Harrisburg for MLB rehab. He gave up the 4th Rock Cats run on three hits and two walks while pitching the 6th and 7th innings.

Potomac — OFF DAY
Potomac returns home seven games as they host the last-place Lynchburg Hillcats for four and then Salem for three. Despite a 2-5 mark on their swing through North Carolina and Southern Virginia, the P-Nats trail the Blue Rocks by one game in the Carolina League North.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
Hagerstown embarks on a seven-game swing through North Carolina, facing off against first-place Hickory for three, then four against fourth-place Greensboro. The Crawdads and Suns remain just a half-game apart in the second half — just as they were last month when the first half ended.

Auburn — OFF DAY
Yesterday was the first scheduled day off and just the third day off overall for Auburn. The Doubledays’ begin a 19-game stretch with a five-game, 800+ mile roundtrip roadtrip to Tri-City for two and Burlington for three.

GCL Cardinals vs GCL Nationals — PPD
Rain postponed this one until July 24th, when the G-Cards and G-Nats will play two in Jupiter, FL.

DSL Nationals 3 DSL Rojos 0 — GAME ONE
• Reyes (W, 3-1) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 8K
• Salazar (SV, 8) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Gutierrez 1-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Aguero 1-3, RBI

Luis Reyes struck out eight while Melvi Salazar set down the order in the 7th for his eighth save as the D-Nats shut out the D-Rojos, 3-0 in opener of a doubleheader. Reyes allowed just four hits and walked none while notching his third win. Kelvin Gutierrez and “Fred” Aguero both went 1-for-3 with an RBI to lead the six-hit, three-walk offense.

DSL Nationals 12 DSL Rojos 5 — GAME TWO
• Morales (W, 2-2) 5IP, 6H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, K
• J. Ramirez 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 3-2 IR-S
• Lora 2-3, R, BB
• Mota 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Alvarez 1-2, R, 2BB, 2RBI, SB

The D-Nats scored 10 unanswered runs before the D-Rojos answered with four in the top of the 6th as they went on to win, 12-5 in Game Two. 18-y.o. Venezuelan Jose Morales got the win in his second start, allowing an unearned run on six hits, no walks, and one strikeout. The D-Nats offense racked up 10 hits and eight walks in six turns at bat, with Thomas Alvarez leading the way by reaching base three times with a single and a pair of walks while scoring a run, stealing a base, and driving in two.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 (10 inn.) vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Ray (2-0, 0.64) vs.
Dean (5-8, 4.34)
Potomac Won, 9-4 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 7-3 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 7-4 OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-3 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-3 vs. DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (2-1, 2.28) vs.



Syracuse — ALL-STAR BREAK
Unlike years past, the news is light from upstate New York at the break. Zach Walters is the sole AAA All-Star game representative for Syracuse, and the Wyoming native plans to take advantage of the Reno, Nevada locale for a de facto family reunion, writes Lindsay Kramer of the Syracuse Post-Standard.

Harrisburg 3 New Britain 2 (10 inn.)
• Treinen 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 2K, HR
• Swynenberg 2IP, H, 0R, BB, 4K, WP
• Herron (W, 4-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Rivero 1-4, 2B, RBI
• Van Ostrand 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI

Jimmy Van Ostrand’s solo shot in the 10th, his second of the game, ended the game in extras as the Senators edged the Rock Cats, 3-2. Blake Treinen got the start, giving up both New Britain runs on six hits and four walks while setting down two on strikes over five innings. Matt Swynenberg, Aaron Barrett, and Tyler Herron combined for five innings of scoreless relief, with Herron getting the win for pitching the 10th. Harrisburg was held to four hits, with Carlos Rivero’s RBI double accounting for the other Senators run.
Roster move: RHP Blake Treinen activated from the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 9 Salem 4
• Solis 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Mirowski (W, 8-3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Taylor 3-5, 2R, 2B, 4RBI, SB
• Oduber 2-5, 2-2B, R
• Soriano 2-3, 2R, 2B, 3B, 2BB, RBI

Sammy Solis’s return to the P-Nats rotation helped end a four-game slide with a 9-4 victory over Salem. Solis allowed one hit and one walk over four shutout innings, striking out two in his first High-A start since June 6. Richie Mirowski got his team-leading eighth win with two scoreless innings of relief as the first man out of the ‘pen. Michael Taylor went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored and four runs batted in to lead the Potomac offense exploded for 14 hits, including seven doubles and a triple.
Roster moves: LHP Sammy Solis activated from the 7-Day DL; RHP Colin Bates placed on the 7-Day DL.

Rome 3 Hagerstown 1
• Dickson (L, 0-2) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Pena 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Lippincott 2-4
• Norfork 1-3, BB, RBI

Khayyan Norfork’s RBI single in the 3rd was not enough for Hagerstown as Rome scored three unanswered runs for a 3-1 win and a 2-2 series split. Starter Ian Dickson took the loss, his second, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three. Bryan Lippincott was the sole Sun with multiple hits as the three Braves pitchers held Hagerstown to just six safeties overall.

Staten Island 7 Auburn 4
• Barrientos (L, 0-3) 4⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Hollins 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Yezzo 2-5, 2R
• Gunter 2-4, R

After rallying to within one with a three-run 6th, the Doubledays gave it away with a three-run 8th as the Statem Island Yankees completed the sweep with a 7-4 win over Auburn. Starter Joel Barrientos lost for the third time in four starts, giving up four runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out two. Seven batters hit safely, with James Yezzo, Cody Gunter, and Andruth Ramirez each singling twice as the Doubledays totaled 10 hits but left on 10 baserunners.

GCL Cardinals 6 GCL Nationals 3
• Giolito 3IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• K. Rodriguez 3IP, H, 0R, ER, BB, K
• D. Ramos (BS, 2; L, 2-2) 5BF, 4H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 0K, 0HR
• Mejia 2-4, 2RBI, SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-3, BB, CS

David Ramos failed to retire any of the five batters he faced in the 7th, as all five came around to score in a 6-3 G-Nats loss to the G-Cards. Lucas Giolito made his third GCL start, tossing three scoreless with three hits allowed, one walk given up, and three strikeouts. Bryan Mejia went 2-for-4 with two RBI to extend his hit streak to 10 games as the G-Nats pounded out 10 hits and stole five bases for the game.

DSL Cubs 5 DSL Nationals 3
• Valerio 5IP, 2H, 0R, 5BB, 4K, 2 pickoffs
• A. Ramirez 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Aguero 4-5
• Corredor 2-3, BB, RBI

Despite outhitting the Cubs 12-5 and gunning down five of seven would-be base thieves, the D-Nats lost to the D-Cubs, 5-3. The ten walks issued by D-Nats pitchers, five by starter Maximo Valerio, of course didn’t help. Nor did the two-run HR surrendered by losing pitcher Jonathan Aquino. “Fred” Aguero went 4-for-5 to lead the D-Nats offense, followed by Aldrem Corredor who reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 7-3 vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (6-7, 3.84) vs.
May (6-5, 3.98)
Potomac Lost, 5-1 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m
TBD vs. Augliera (6-5, 4.37)
Hagerstown Won, 7-3 vs. Rome,
10:35 a.m.
Dickson (0-1, 7.71) vs.
Lafreniere (4-7, 5.49)
Auburn Lost, 7-6 vs. Staten Island,
7:05 p.m.
Barrientos (0-2, 4.15) vs.
Davis (1-1, 2.84)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Cubs,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (2-2, 1.83) vs.
Perez (1-1, 1.93)



Syracuse 2 Lehigh Valley 1
• Rosenbaum 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 8K
• Crotta (W, 5-6) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Moore 2-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Rahl 2-4, R, 3B
• Perez 2-4, R, 2B

RBI doubles by Tyler Moore in the 6th and 8th innings erased a 1-0 deficit and gave the Chiefs a 2-1 win respectively. It was the third straight for Syracuse as it enters the All-Star Break. Mike Crotta got the win with two scoreless frames in the 8th and 9th innings. Starter Danny Rosenbuam went the first six, allowing a run on five hits and two walks while striking out eight, a season high for the 25-y.o. southpaw. Moore, Chris Rahl, and Eury Perez each went 2-for-4, accounting for six of the eight Chiefs hits.
Kris Watts transferred from Harrisburg Senators; UT Jeff Kobernus placed on the 7-Day DL.

Erie 7 Harrisburg 3
• Gilliam (L, 3-3) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K
• McCoy 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Van Ostrand 2-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Martinson 2-4, R, HR, RBI

A three-run Erie 7th broke open a 4-2 lead for the Seawolves as they went on to defeat the Harrisburg Senators, 7-3. Starter Rob Gilliam took the loss, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. Paul Demny’s return to the mound was marred by three runs on three hits and a walk in the course of 2/3rds of an innings (five batters faced). Jimmy Van Ostrand and Jason Martinson both hit solo shots as the Senators foundered in the clutch with an 0-for-11 mark with RISP and seven runners left on base.
RHP Paul Demny activated from the 3-Day TIL.

Salem 5 Potomac 1
• Frias (L, 1-1) 3IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Thomas 1IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Taylor 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB
• Nieto 1-3, BB, RBI

Make that a season-long skid of four in a row as Salem downed Potomac, 5-1. Making his second start since his second dropdown to High-A, Marcos Frias put up a Low-A pitcher’s line of three runs on eight hits with no walks and two strikeouts for the loss. Adrian Nieto’s RBI single following Michael Taylor’s one-out double broke up the shutout bid in the top of the 8th as the P-Nats were unable to capitalize on six walks issued, twice hitting into double plays and stranding 11 baserunners. A.J. Cole threw six of ten pitches for strikes and got the last two outs for the save at the 2013 Futures Game yesterday afternoon. Need 964 more words about it? Adam Kilgore’s got you covered.

Hagerstown 7 Rome 3
• Mattheus 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, 0HR
• Encarnacion (W, 7-5) 6IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 8K
• Palace 2-4, 3RBI
• Miller 2-4, R, RBI
• Perez 2-4, 2B, RBI

A four-run 6th broke open a 2-1 game as the Suns took their second straight against the Braves, 7-3. Ryan Mattheus got the rehab “start” and threw his inning in the first, giving up a run on a hit, aided by a steal and a wild pitch. Pedro Encarnacion relieved and threw five no-hit innings before giving up a leadoff double in the 7th. He finished with a run on two hits, no walks, and eight strikeouts for his team-leading seventh win. Sam Palace matched his 2012 RBI total in his first game of the season. The 27-y.o. bullpen catcher went 2-for-4 in with 3RBI in his season debut to lead the 10-hit Hagerstown attack.

Staten Island 7 Auburn 6
• Voth 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Sylvestri (L, 2-1) 2IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Dent 3-4, BB, RBI, SB
• Zebrack 2-3, R, 2RBI, SB

Auburn built a 4-0 lead early but the Doubledays ‘pen faltered badly, giving up five runs over fine innings for a 7-6 loss to the Staten Island Yankees. Austin Voth allowed two runs on four hits in his second NYPL start, walking none and setting down five on strikes. Mike Sylvestri suffered the loss, his first, giving up three runs on two hits and three walks over the 7th and 8th innings. Tablesetters Greg Zebrack and Cody Dent combined to go 5-for-7 with a walks, two stolen bases, and two RBI to pace the Auburn offense, which compiled 12 hits but went just 2-for-13 with RISP, stranding nine runners.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
A 5-1 week improved the G-Nats season mark to 16-4, best in the GCL, and 5½ games better than the second-place G-Marlins (10-9) in the GCL East.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The D-Nats broke a three-game skid with a 4-3 win over the first-place D-Cubs, who they play today, then home-and-home games vs. the Rojos (Reds), and Orioles2 with an off day on Saturday before the DSL All-Star game on Sunday the 21st.

Last Night In Hagerstown

The Hagerstown Suns rallied for five runs with two outs in the first inning, taking advantage of mistakes both mental and physical, en route to a 7-4 victory over the Rome Braves.

Like many big innings, the genesis is often subtle. Estarlin Martinez beat out an infield single on a high tapper to third. Brandon Miller broke his bat, but fisted it into shallow right field for another two-out hit.

A balk pushed both runners over one base, and “Help Me” Wander Ramos made Rome’s 20-year-old starter Wes Parsons pay for worrying more about the runners than about him with a double down the left field line for a 2-0 lead.

A walk to Bryan Lippincott once again set up a force at any infield base. Braves 3B Eric Garcia froze up on grounder off the bat of Khayyan Norfork and committed the dreaded double error, booting it for one, throwing it past 1st for another, which let in the third Suns run and put runners on 2nd and 3rd for Craig Manuel.

The eighth batter of the inning cashed in the mistake with a single to left to complete the five-run sequence as Stephen Perez struck out to end the frame.

Kylin Turnbull, who began the year in Potomac and was dropped down twice, couldn’t stand the prosperity of a 5-0 lead. After setting down the side in order in the 1st on three groundballs, he let in a run on three singles in the 2nd, gave up a leadoff HR in the 3rd, and allowed two more runs in the 4th before finally putting up a zero in the 5th.

He left after five innings thrown, giving up four runs on 12 hits, walking none and striking out four. He would end up the winning pitcher nevertheless. It’s fashionable nowadays to try to explain away that many hits and blame the defense, especially sight unseen, but that wasn’t the case (it rarely is). The almost-24-year-old remains timid in long counts and gets hit when he gives in as a result.

Bryan Harper only got the hold, but was the most effective pitcher on either team. The brother of you-know-who faced seven batters and got seven outs, giving up a “hit” when Martinez and Perez converged but couldn’t snare a shallow pop to left field as Martinez dropped it, but Perez quickly recovered to gun down the runner trying to turn a gift single into a double.

Travis Henke replaced Harper with one out in the 8th and gave way to Gilberto Mendez in the 9th. The diminutive Dominican with a big arm gave up a leadoff hit, then retired the next three on groundballs to secure his fifth save.

Nos. 4-5 batters Miller and Ramos combined for five hits, two runs, and two doubles as Hagerstown piled up 10 hits total and tacked on insurance runs in the 3rd and 8th innings.

The win keeps pace with first-place Hickory, keeping Hagerstown a half-game back in second place and a game ahead of third-place West Virginia. Pedro Encarnacion gets assignment this afternoon in Game 3 of the four-game set, which concludes with a Monday morning getaway game.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-3 vs. Lehigh Valley,
2:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (5-7, 4.02) vs.
G. Smith (4-1, 2.39)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ Erie,
1:35 p.m.
Gilliam (3-2, 4.12) vs.
Crouse (4-7, 4.60)
Potomac Lost, 3-1
(7 inn., rain)
@ Salem,
4:05 p.m
Frias (1-0, 6.35) vs.
Quevedo (2-3, 5.84)
Hagerstown Won, 7-4 vs. Rome,
1:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (6-5, 3.38) vs.
Briceno (3-7, 6.83)
Auburn Lost, 6-1 vs. Staten Island,
2:05 p.m.
Voth (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Heredia (1-1, 2.55)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-4 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 4-3 OFF DAY N/A



Syracuse 8 Lehigh Valley 3
• Tatusko (W, 3-3) 7+ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 6BB, 5K
• Kimball 1IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Rahl 5-5, 3R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• Perez 3-5, 2R, 2B, SB, CS
• Johnson 3-4, 2B, RBI

A five-run first would be more than enough for Ryan Tatusko to win his 3rd game as the Chiefs smelted the Iron Pigs, 8-3. Tatusko went seven-plus innings and allowed two runs on three hits and six walks while striking out five. Chris Rahl racked up his second five-hit game of the season, falling a homer shy of the cycle with three runs scored and two driven in. Eury Perez and Josh Johnson both singled twice and doubled as the Chiefs collected 17 hits total on the night.

Erie 2 Harrisburg 1
• Karns 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 9K
• Perry (L, 0-2) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Goodwin 1-4, 3B, RBI

Erie’s Jon Link baffled Harrisburg for nine innings while Ryan Perry served up a walkoff HR as the Seawolves edged the Senators, 2-1. Starter Nathan Karns struck out nine and gave up a run on three hits and two walks but needed 104 pitches to get through six innings. Brian Goodwin’s triple following a two-out error plated the only Senators run as Link went the distance with no walks and eight strikeouts.

Salem 3 Potomac 1
• Purke (L, 0-2) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Holt 1+ IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Burns 3-4, R, 2B, SB
• Ramsey 2-3, 2B, RBI
• 1:46 Rain Delays

Salem scored three times before rain delayed the game once, then ultimately ended it in the bottom of the seventh, as the Red Sox won 3-1. Matt Purke lost for second time in three starts, giving up all three Salem runs on six hits and a walk while striking out one. Billy Burns, who left Friday’s game after being hit by a pitch, went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and a stolen base.
Roster move: RHP A.J. Cole placed on 3-day Temporary Inactive List (Futures Game).

Hagerstown 7 Rome 4
• Turnbull (W, 3-2) 5IP, 12H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K
• Harper (H, 5) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mendez (SV, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Miler 3-4, R
• Ramos 2-4, R, 2-2B, 2RBI

One bad inning for the Braves was enough for the Suns to win Last Night In Hagerstown.
Roster move: RHP Ryan Mattheus reassigned from GCL for MLB Rehab.

Staten Island 6 Auburn 1
• Williams (L, 0-4) 3⅔ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 4K
• Simms 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
• Yezzo 2-4
• Poole 1-3, R, HR, RBI

A two-spot in the 1st and three more in the 4th were more than enough as Staten Island easily defeated Auburn, 6-1. Jordan Poole’s solo shot in the last of the 9th broke up the shutout bid, but it was only the sixth Doubleday hit. Deion Williams was lit up again, charged with five runs on six hits and three walks over three and 2/3rds for his fourth loss in five starts. James Yezzo was the sole Doubleday with multiple hits, going 2-for-4. Roster moves: RHPs Andrew Cooper, Ruan Ullmann reassigned from the GCL.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Mets 4
• Ott 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Derosier (W, 1-1) 2⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ward 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• W. Medina 3-4, 2SB

With two runs in their last three “ups,” the G-Nats overcame a 3-0 deficit to defeat the G-Mets, 6-4. Travis Ott got the start and and gave up a run on two hits and two walks over two and 2/3rds while striking out two. Matt Derosier got the win in relief, Philips Valdez the save; it was the first for both this season. Drew Ward and Willie Medina combined for six of the G-Nats 14 hits, with Ward driving in two and Medina swiping two bags. Roster move: RHP Pat Lehman assigned from Harrisburg for minor-league rehab.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Cubs 3
• Reynoso 3IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 3K
• Sanchez 4IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Aguero 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Mercedes 1-3, BB, RBI

The D-Nats rallied from a 3-0 deficit with four unanswered runs, capped off with two in the 9th as they beat the division-leading D-Cubs, 4-3. Yorlin Reynoso got the start and was charged with all three runs on two hits and four walks. He struck out three over three innings. Jose Morales got the win by pitching a 1-2-3 eighth, Melvi Salazar the save for a scoreless 9th. “Fred” Aguero led the hit column with a single and a double in four at-bats and scored twice, including the game-winner on a passed ball (the tying run scored on a wild pitch).

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Tied, 6-6
(Susp. in 12th)
vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:00 p.m.
Tatusko (2-3, 3.69) vs.
Cochran (3-4, 4.98)
Harrisburg Won, 2-0 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Karns (6-3, 3.64) vs.
Link (2-1, 1.47)
Potomac Lost, 4-3 @ Salem,
6:05 p.m
Purke (0-1, 10.38) vs.
Cuevas (4-6, 5.56)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-5 vs. Rome,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (2-2, 6.66) vs.
Parsons (3-4, 3.42)
Auburn Won, 4-3 vs. Staten Island,
6:05 p.m.
Williams (0-3, 7.30) vs.
Smith (0-0, 3.46)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-0 @ GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 11-2 @ DSL Cubs,
10:30 a.m.
Rosario (1-3, 3.54) vs.
H. Perez (1-1, 1.93)



Syracuse 6 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6 — SUSP., 12th inn.
• Maya 5⅔ IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 7K
• Broadway 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Marrero 3-6, R, 2B, RBI
• Rahl 3-6, R

The RailRiders erased an early 6-1 Chiefs lead with four in the 6th and one in the 7th. The two teams traded zeroes into extras when a Sharknado struck rain halted play at the end of the 11th. The two teams will resume play when they next meet on August 6th in Syracuse.

Harrisburg 2 Erie 0
• Hill (W, 2-2) 6IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Herron (H, 2) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Barrett (SV, 19) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Head 2-4
• Rivero 2-4

Steven Souza’s HR in the 1st was all the Sens would need as four pitchers combined to shut out the SeaWolves, 2-0. Taylor Hill evened up his won-loss record at 2-2 with six scoreless innings, giving up five hits, no walks, but striking out just one. Aaron Barrett got the last four outs for his 19th save. Harrisburg piled up 10 hits to Erie’s six, with Jerad Head and Carlos Rivero both going 2-for-4.
Roster moves: RHP Blake Treinen placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to 7/5; C Kris Watts reassigned from Syracuse.

Salem 4 Potomac 3
• Rauh (L, 1-1) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, 2HR
• Benincasa 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Taylor 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Burns 1-1, R, HBP (leg) in 2nd inn.
• Miller 1-3, 2B (PR for Burns)

All seven runs scored on just three swings, as Salem outhomered Potomac 2-1 in a 4-3 victory. Michael Taylor’s three-run blast in the top of the 1st was negated by Matt (yes, the son of Rich) Gedman’s Earl Weaver special in the bottom of the 2nd. Stefan Welch’s solo shot in the 3rd proved to be the gamewinner. Starter and losing pitcher Brian Rauh gave up all four Salem runs and six hits total over five innings, walking two and striking out two. Taylor went 2-for-4 overall while Adrian Nieto reached base three times with a single and two walks as the P-Nats racked up eight hits total. Roster move: LHP Justin Thomas transferred from Auburn.

Rome 6 Hagerstown 5
• Lee 6IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 7K
• C. Davis (H, 4; L, 1-2) 1⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Self (BS, 2) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K, 3-2 IR-S
• Martinez 2-5, R
• Mesa 1-3, R, RBI, BB, SB

Rome loaded the bases with three straight singles with one out off Cody Davis in the 8th and greeted Derek Self with a fourth, turning a 5-4 deficit into the eventual winning score of 6-5 over Hagerstown. The comeback was the second of the game as the Braves took a 4-1 lead after two innings that the Suns erased with three in the 5th and one in the 6th. Starter Nick Lee got the no-decision with a line of four runs in five hits and four walks over six innings while striking out seven. Five separate players had RBIs as the Suns scored five times on eight hits, with Estarlin Martinez leading the attack with a 2-for-5 night.
Roster move: OF Wander Ramos activated from 7-Day DL.

Auburn 4 Brooklyn 3
• Orlan 6IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 7K
• Joyce 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Napoli (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Dent 2-3, R, 2B
• Difo 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, SF, RBI

A leadoff double, a botched sacrifice, and an intentional walk loaded the bases in the bottom of the 9th for Wilmer Difo, who delivered a sacrifice fly for a 4-3 walkoff for Auburn. The overmanaging helped secure the first professional win for David Napoli, who set Brooklyn down 1-2-3 in the top of the 9th. R.C. Orlan got the start and allowed all three Cyclones runs on six hits and a walk over the first six innings while fanning seven. Difo also doubled and tripled in the game, scoring twice while going 2-for-4 to lead the Doubleday offense. Roster moves: LHP Todd Simko, RHP Will Hudgins retired; IF Matt Foat reassigned from Hagerstown.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Mets 0
• Mattheus 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Suero (W, 1-1) 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Bautista 2-4, 2R, BB
• R. Encarnacion 2-4, R, 2B, BB

A five-run 5th broke open a 1-0 game as the G-Nats shut out the G-Mets on three hits, 7-0. Ryan Mattheus struck out the side in the first in his first appearance since breaking his hand. Wander Suero tossed five scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk while setting down two on strikes to earn the win. Rafael Bautista and Randy Encarnacion both went 2-for-4 with a walk to pace the G-Nats 10-hit, four-walk offense. Roster move: RHP Ryan Mattheus assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

DSL Yankees1 11 DSL Nationals 2
• Torres (L, 0-3) 4⅓ IP, 7H, 5R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Charlis 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
• Mendoza 2-4
• Lora 1-4, R, HR, RBI

The D-Yankees1 scored six times in the final three innings in an 11-2 beatdown, the third straight loss for the D-Nats. Luis Torres suffered his third loss without a wain with five runs given up on seven hits and a walk over four and a 1/3rd innings. The 18-y.o. Venezuelan struck out four. Pedro Mendoza was the sole D-Nat to get multiple hits, going 2-for-4. 17-y.o. Edwin Lora got his first professional home run, a solo shot in the 6th.

Second Thoughts

Second Thoughts For NPP
This is probably overdue, but after a long stretch of baseball (14 games in 17 days from June 21 to July 7), it’s been “catch up” time at the home office of NationalsProspects.com.

A little more than two months ago, I predicted that the Potomac Nationals were on the verge of breaking out. Turns out I was right, but by no means did I foresee a team that’s been winning roughly two out of three ballgames since then (38-19). What’s been perhaps more interesting is that it’s been done despite a suspect bullpen (though it’s been better of late) and some significant turnover via promotions.

A year ago, there was considerable bitc…er, complaining about the lack of promotions, particularly with Matt Skole, Brian Goodwin, and Alex Meyer. While injuries have played a part in a lot of guys “movin’ on up,” this year has seen a lot more movement than in previous years. I’m not entirely backing off my mantra of a level per year, but it’s enough for me to not scoff (now, just sniff) at the suggestion of any more promotions this summer.

Enough vamping… let’s revisit the P-Nats position-by-position:

FIRST BASE
Defensively, Kevin Keyes doesn’t get enough credit for the strides he’s made. I suspect a lot of that has to do with the stagnation on offense and the drop in power from last summer. Still an all-or-nothing hitter, and the K rate has actually crept up.

SECOND BASE
Adrian Sanchez has recently reversed what to my eyes has been steady decline in defense, particularly in his throwing. He’s put in time at 3B and SS, too, but 2B is where he belongs. Offensively, he also seems to be stuck in gear. He’s become more of a singles hitter, quite good actually at placing the ball to the gaps, but it’s clearly cost him what little power he had shown previously.

SHORTSTOP
Since the departure of Jason Martinson, this has become something of a revolving door — veteran IF Francisco Soriano, Cutter Dykstra, Sanchez have all played there. Soriano is the best choice if your focus is on winning vs. development, but I suspect it’ll continue to be a rotation of sorts until/unless an infielder is brought up from Hagerstown.

THIRD BASE
Cutter Dykstra has played here the most, but has been played at 2B and SS more frequently since his return from the DL. He continues to be a streaky hitter and his defense at third has had some hiccups lately. Like Sanchez, the power has dropped while the average has risen and has shown a “knack” for hitting into double plays.

LEFT FIELD
It seems that Billy Burns has been trying some to get away from the small ball, and he’s had mixed results. For every gap line drive there’s been a weak flyball to the opposite field. I suspect this will be an ongoing process as the team prepares him to play for the next level where the fielders and pitchers will be much more difficult to bunt on and slap-hit against.

CENTERFIELD
Michael Taylor had a tremendous stretch from mid-May to mid-June, but has cooled off in July. He’s gotten a lot better at taking outside pitches the other way versus waving and missing. The defense remains strong and steady, perhaps not quite up to the standard of his predecessor (Eury Perez) but above most of his peers in the Carolina League.

RIGHT FIELD
This remains a split with Caleb Ramsey and Randolph Oduber, though “the Groovin’ Aruban” seems to be losing time to Ramsey, and in part to Adrian Nieto, as he’s spending less time at DH when he’s not starting in right field. Defensively, it’s no contest — Oduber is capable of playing anywhere in the outfield with decent range and strong, albeit sometimes erratic arm. Ramsey is merely adequate and best suited to LF. Offensively, Ramsey seems to be passing Oduber in terms of consistency and power. He seems to never give less than 100 percent, which explains in part why he’s gotten so many mentions the past couple of seasons. One gets the sense that Ramsey has to compensate for his shortcomings with that kind of doggedness. Likewise, Oduber hasn’t been able to stay on the field long enough for his skills to catch up to his potential. Time, however, is not either one’s side.

CATCHER
Barring an injury (and that’s a huge qualification for the position) Nieto will set a career high for a single season in games caught, played, and just about every offensive category (well, maybe not nose hairs). He’s really turned a corner on offense, though it’s been nearly all as a left-handed batter (.315/.397/.493, 8HRs vs. .217/.245/.326, 0HRs). Defensively, he does everything well but keep the ball in front of him.

This is not new, unfortunately. His 12 passed balls in 56 games as a catcher is similar to the 15 in 70 last year, and 15 in 50 in 2010 (in 2011 he had eight in 41). This is significant because minor-league scorekeepers are often blase about differentiating between passed balls and wild pitches. Given that this is the first year he’s seen significant time as a DH, I suspect the Nats care more about getting his bat ready now and will worry about plugging this hole in his game later.

Cole Leonida remains a decent backup and continues to show good pop, but while playing more often, the gap between him and Nieto has begun to show itself. Still, I’ll take a backup who’s reliable on defense and can hit .250-.270 and slug .500-.550 versus the .210-.240, .300-.350 that’s more typical.

BENCH
Soriano, Justin Miller, and Mike Gilmartin rarely sit more than two games in a row. There doesn’t appear to be a system of platooning, so absent knowing the precise directives being handed down from the powers that be, manager Brian Daubach gets the credit for shuffling guys in and out and keeping the engine running smoothly.

STARTING PITCHERS
Three of the team’s April starting five are gone — Taylor Jordan, Taylor Hill, and Robbie Ray. Yet the organization has replaced them with relative ease, which is very reminiscent of 2008, when a slew of pitchers came and went before Memorial Day, most notably Jordan Zimmermann, Adrian Alaniz, and Craig Stammen. Only Ross Detwiler stayed the whole year.

A.J. Cole seems to be the Detwiler for this year’s club, though not quite as inconsistent or maddening (Cole, for example, has yet to get lifted for hitting the pitch limit for a single inning). Two months ago I cautioned folks that he’s liable to be streaky, and indeed he has been: five quality starts out of the last ten, but also five-inning starts where he’s given up five, six, and seven runs.

Blake Schwartz has followed a common pattern… early on, the league was baffled by his ability to change speeds. After getting a look, they’ve done better the second time around. Still, this is dropping down from 7-8IP, 1-2R outings to 5-6IP, 2-3R efforts. Still more than good enough to win in this league. He’s given up some longballs of late, but the walk rate remains steady, which is critical for a pitcher that doesn’t have blow-you-away stuff.

Beyond these two is a bit of mystery right now — Brian Rauh has started four games after spending most of his time in Hagerstown as a reliever. Ivan Pineyro, went three times before getting traded. Matt Purke has gone twice. Sammy Solis has begun throwing in the GCL, and may return, but quite frankly, it’s entirely possible that Brad Meyers could make an appearance as well.

THE BULLPEN
Roughly 15 guys have appeared primarily as relievers. Only three have managed to stay here the whole time — Richie Mirowski, Greg Holt, and Colin Bates. As good as the P-Nats have been, it’s frightening to think how much better they’d have been if the ‘pen had blown half as many saves as it did in the first half.
Considering that the starting pitching is probably not going to be as strong, they’re going to have to be if the team is to take both halves and/or do some damage in the playoffs.

So far, so good. Holt and Mirowski have done better in the second half. Bates hasn’t been quite as good, but gets a pass since he was on the DL for three weeks in June, not to mention how one bad outing takes a long time to even out. Robert Benincasa, who essentially swapped places with Derek Self, has converted every save chance he’s gotten thus far, though it’s been marked with some Cordero-esque flair (luck).

Veterans such as Rob Wort, Marcos Frias, and Rafael Martin have been added more recently. How long they’ll stay is another matter. In years past, it’s been a starter that’s been dropped down to fill the void (e.g. Erik Davis in 2011, Rob Gilliam in 2012), but with Harrisburg not in need of relievers, it’s possible that they’ll be the ones to act in that capacity.

Good, Bad. Interesting – Vol. 13

Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 39-55, 6th place I.L. North, 13 games behind

Good Caleb Clay 3-2, 1.62/3.29/0.99 in five appearances
Bad Mike Costanzo .185/.241/.333 in final 10 games before release
Interesting Danny Espinosa .417/.475/.750 over last 10 games



HARRISBURG SENATORS 51-41, 1st place E.L. West, 3frac12; games ahead

Good Robbie Ray (duh) 2-0, 0.64/1.34/1.00 after first two starts in AA
Bad Sandy Leon .172/.226/.172 over last 10 games
Interesting #1 E.L. pitching team in ERA (3.43), fewest runs allowed (3.79), CGs (11) and shutouts (7)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 11-7, T1st place C.L. North, .011 W% ahead (53-34 overall)

Good Billy Burns .375/.419/.450, 6RBI, 6SB in July
Bad 15 relievers used thus far in less than 90 games
Interesting Cole Leonida active team leader with nine HR in 36 games


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 13-8, 2nd place Sally North, ½ game behind (51-37 overall)

Good Shawn Pleffner .343/.415/.514 since All-Star break (currently on DL)
Bad Brett Mooneyham 32BB in 46⅔ IP
Interesting Brett Mooneyham 2.31 ERA, 4.49 FIP, 5.2 H/9IP


AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 8-15, 5th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 7½games behind

Good Jake Johansen 0.71 ERA, 0.95 WHIP in 1st four starts (12⅔ IP)
Bad David Masters .179/.220/.232 in 14 games
Interesting 151 batting strikeouts 3rd fewest in NYPL


GCL NATIONALS 14-4, 1st place East Division, Gulf Coast League, 4½ games ahead

Good Bryan Mejia .385/.396/.596 in 15G
Bad David Ramos 7.56 ERA, 1.44 WHIP in 4 appearances
Interesting Drew Ward 12BB in 17G


DSL NATIONALS 17-15, 4th place Boca Chica South, 5 games behind

Good 18-y.o. Deibi Yrizarri 2-1, 1.99/3.07/1.26 in seven appearances (six starts)
Bad 19-y.o. Brayan Serrata .194/.254/.194 in 22 games
Interesting Luis Reyes 2-1, 2.28ERA, 18H, 8HBP, 12BB in 27⅔ IP

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-1 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Maya (4-6, 4.52) vs.
Huff (4-4, 3.18)
Harrisburg Won, 7-0 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (1-1, 1.71) vs.
Larez (6-6, 5.11)
Potomac Tied, 4-4 (Susp.) @ Salem,
7:05 p.m
Rauh (1-0, 3.15) vs.
Stroup (4-7, 5.06)
Hagerstown Won, 5-3 vs. Rome,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (3-2, 4.36) vs.
Sims (4-3, 2.60)
Auburn Won, 7-0; Lost, 4-3 vs. Brooklyn,
7:05 p.m.
Orlan (0-1, 6.14) vs.
Gsellman (0-1, 1.23)
GCL Nationals Won, 8-1; Won, 7-0 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Silvestre (3-0, 2.95) vs.
Almonte (0-1, 2.84)
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-3 vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Torres (0-2, 4.05) vs.
Polanco (2-1, 2.94)



Syracuse 7 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 1
• Clay (W, 3-2) 6IP, 8H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HR,
• Cedeno 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Moore 2-4, R, HR, BB, 4RBI
• Espinosa 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI, K

Tyler Moore’s grand slam was the highlight of the Chiefs’ five-run 5th as Syracuse ran the RailRiders off the tracks, 7-1. Caleb Clay scattered eight hits over six innings, though one made it over the wall for the lone S/W-B run. He walked none and struck out four. Xavier Cedeno, Cole Kimblal, and Mike Crotta combined to set down the last nine batters in a row. Danny Espinosa doubled and homered and scored twice, pushing his AAA batting average over .200 for the first time since June 15.

Harrisburg 7 Erie 0
• Ray (W, 2-0) 9IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 11K
• Bloxom 3-4, 3R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Head 3-5, 2B
• Martinson 2-4, BB, 2RBI

Robbie Ray became the latest Senator to toss a complete game shutout as Harrisburg blanked Erie, 7-0. The 21-y.o. needed just 107 pitches (77 for strikes) to dispatch the SeaWolves on three hits and two walks while fanning 11 in his second AA start. Justin Bloxom doubled three times and scored three times to lead the Harrisburg hit parade. Jerad Head and Jose Lozada filled in for Brian Goodwin and Steve Souza in CF and RF respectively, as the All-Stars arrived ahead of their luggage while traveling from New Britain yesterday.

Winston-Salem 4 Potomac 4 — SUSP.
• Schwartz 3⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 1ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Burns 2-2, 2R, BB
• Nieto 1-2, 2B, RBI
• Taylor 1-2, 2B, RBI

A two-out error by the P-Nats in the 4th enabled the Dash to tie the game at 4-4 before the rains washed the game away. It will be resumed on August 28, when Potomac makes its final regular-season visit to Winston-Salem.

Hagerstown 5 Hickory 3
• Mooneyham 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 3K
• Pena (W, 4-3) 2IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Miller 2-4
• Piwinica-Worms 2-4, R

Hagerstown drew three walks and scored four times in the 7th as they overcame a 3-1 deficit for a 5-3 win over Hickory. Ronald Pena got the win in relief, pitching a scoreless 8th after giving up a run in the 7th. Brett Mooneyham turned in a quality start despite walking five batters, allowing two runs on four hits over the first six innings. Brandon Miller and Will Piwinica-Worms both went 2-for-4 to lead the Suns offense. Roster moves: C Pedro Severino placed on the 7-Day DL; C Sam Palace activated from 7-Day DL, reassigned from Syracuse.

Auburn 7 Brooklyn 0 — COMP.
• Johansen 4IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Hudgins (W, 1-1) 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• J.C. Valdez 2-5, R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Allen 2-3, 2RBI, CS

The Doubledays picked up where they left off on Wednesday night and completed the 7-0 shutout. Jake Johansen pitched four no-hit innings, walking two and striking out five on Wedenesday. Will Hudgins “started” on Thursday and went four scoreless innings, allowing three hits, no walks, and striking out two to earn the win. Jean Carlos Valdez doubled twice and drove in two while Brenton Allen singled twice and plated two as Auburn took advantage of three Brooklyn errors to score seven times on just eight hits.

Brooklyn 4 Auburn 3 — GAME TWO
• Selsor (L, 0-2) 3⅓ IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Hollins 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 5K, WP, 2-1 IR-S
• J.C. Valdez 2-3, R, RBI
• Poole 1-2, 2B, RBI

The Cyclones built a 4-0 lead after four innings and held off the Doubledays for a 4-3 win to split the de facto doubleheader. Casey Selsor was peppered for ten hits over three and a 1/3rd innings, charged with all four Brooklyn runs while issuing a walks and striking out two. Jean Carlos Valdez went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI as the sole Auburn batter to have multiple hits.

GCL Nationals 8 GCL Marlins 1 — GAME ONE
• J. Rodriguez (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 5K
• Walsh 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• D. Eusebio 3-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• R. Encarnacion 3-4, R, 2B, RBI

The G-Nats put up a pair of three-spots in the final two innings to break away from the G-Marlins, 8-1. Jefry Rodriguez got the win with five innings of one-run ball, giving up three hits and two walks while striking out five. Diomedes Eusebio and Randy Encarnacion both went 3-for-4, combining for four RBI and three runs scored.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Marlins 0 — GAME TWO
• Meyers 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Silvestre (W, 3-0) 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ward 3-4, 2RBI
• Bautista 2-4, 2R, RBI

Brade Meyers and Hector Silvestre combined on three-hit shutout as the G-Nats completed the doubleheader sweep with a 7-0 win in Game Two. Meyers gave up two hits and a walk over the first three frames, Silvestre just the one hit over the final four, earning him his third win without a loss. Drew Ward paced the nine-hit attack with a 3-for-4 game, driving in three.

DSL Yankees1 5 DSL Nationals 3
• Yrizarri (L, 2-1) 3IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K
• Aquino 3IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 0K
• Florentino 3-4, 2B
• Gutierrez 2-4

The D-Yankees1 struck for four in the 1st and held on for a 5-3 win over the D-Nats. Deibi Yrizarri suffered his first loss, giving up four runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three. Darryl Florentino led the offense with a double and a pair of singles, followed by Kelvin Gutierrez’ 2-for-4 effort.

Thursday’s News & Notes

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Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Clay (2-2, 1.65) vs.
Pineda (1-0, 3.60)
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (1,0, 1.90) vs.
Cooper (2-6, 5.40)
Potomac Lost, 4-1 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m
Schwartz (6-3, 2.92) vs.
Beck (8-8, 3.08)
Hagerstown Lost, 11-7 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (4-2, 2.21) vs.
Edwards (7-2, 1.98)
Auburn Winning, 2-0 (Top 4th) vs. Brooklyn,
5:35 p.m.
Selsor (0-1, 3.60) vs.
D. Alvarez (0-1, 4.73)
GCL Nationals Postponed @/vs. GCL Marlins,
11:00 a.m.
Solis (0-0, 0.00) vs.
TBD
DSL Nationals Postponed @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Buffalo 4 Syracuse 3
• Roark 7IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, 2HR
• Davis (L, 1-4) 1IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Espinosa 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI, K
• Brown 1-4, 2B, RBI, E
• 65-minute rain delay

After an hour-plus rain delay and tied at 3-3 after seven innings, the Bison won the battle of the bullpens for a 4-3 win. Erik Davis scuffled in the 9th, giving up a run on three hits to suffer his fourth loss. Tanner Roark got the start and let in the first three Buffalo runs on five hits and no walks over the first seven frames. Danny Espinosa doubled and homered and drew a walk while going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored to lead the Syracuse attack.
Roster moves: IF Brian Bocock sent to Pittsburgh as the PTBNL in the Brian Jeroloman trade on May 17.

Harrisburg Senators — ALL-STAR BREAK
• Goodwin 1-3, R, BB
• Souza 0-3
• Barrett ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K

The Western Division shut out the Eastern Division for a 5-0 victory in the E.L. All-Star game. Brian Goodwin went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored as starting CF and leadoff man, Steve Souza was the DH but went hitless, and Aaron Barrett struck out the only batter he faced to close out the 9th.

Winston-Salem 4 Potomac 1
• Cole 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Dupra (L, 0-3) 2⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 1K
• Bates 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Ramsey 2-4, R, SB
• Burns 1-3, 2BB

Colin Bates surrendered a three-run bomb to the first batter he faced in the 6th, which was the margin of victory in a 4-1 Dash win over the P-Nats. As the replacement for Taylor Jordan in Sunday’s Futures Game, A.J. Cole’s outing was shortened to just three innings, as the 21-y.o. allowed just two hits, walked none and struck out one. The first man out of the ‘pen, Brian Dupra took the loss, charged with three runs on three hits and five walks over two and 1/3rd innings. Potomac got six hits and five walks but Cutter Dykstra’s RBI single in the 6th was the “1” in the team’s 1-for-10 mark with RISP as they stranded ten baserunners.

Hickory 11 Hagerstown 7
• Dickson (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP, 9H, 8R, 8ER, 0BB, 5K, 4HR
• Schill 3-5, RBI
• Renda 2-4, BB, RBI
• Mesa 2-6, R

Hickory added four more longballs to push its league-leading total to 130 (not a typo) and defeat Hagerstown, 11-7. Ian Dickson was the too-gracious host, surrendering all four homers over four and 2/3rds innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits and striking out five. A five-run 5th got the Suns within two at 8-6 but the Suns ‘pen couldn’t stop the crustacean aggression. Wes Schill paced the Suns 12-hit attack with a 3-for-5 night, followed by Tony Renda at 2-for-4 with a walk.

Auburn 2 Brooklyn 0 — SUSP.
Remember that game that went nine innings without rain in upstate New York? The Doubledays are trying to remember as they had their third game suspended or postponed in ten days. Play will resume tonight in Auburn at 5:35, followed by a seven-inning game.

GCL Nationals at GCL Marlins — PPD
Rain postponed Wednesday’s game. It will be made up this morning with a doubleheader at 11 a.m.

DSL Blue Jays vs. DSL Nationals — PPD
Tuesday’s score came in too late to make the virtual press, but Wednesday’s game was indeed rained out.